Families urged to stick to Covid rules this Christmas after u-turn - The Evesham Observer

Families urged to stick to Covid rules this Christmas after u-turn

Evesham Editorial 22nd Dec, 2020   0

FAMILIES are being reminded by Worcestershire County Council to stick to the rules over the Christmas period.

A huge U-turn on Saturday saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancel Christmas festivities for many people up and down the country.

He scrapped plans to allow people to meet up with up to three other households over a five-day period, December 23 to 27, and instead shortened it to just one day – December 25.

So families in Worcestershire will now only be able to meet up on Christmas Day itself.

The PM said: “I know how disappointing this will be, but we have said throughout this pandemic that we must and we will be guided by the science.

“When the science changes, we must change our response.”

Dr Kathryn Cobain, director of Public Health Worcestershire, said: “The virus is still with us in the county, so we all must continue to play our part in reducing its spread.

“I’d particularly urge great caution with seeing elderly relatives. Please think carefully before putting them at risk.

“If you do meet up, please keep your distance and do all you can to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

“We hope everyone can enjoy Christmas safely.”

County Councillor John Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, added that people need to remain cautious.

“Please be careful, consider whether mixing with others is really necessary and remember the guidance to protect one another this Christmas,” he said.

For more information visit http://worcestershire.gov.uk

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